Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Halloween Bookshelf

We don't really do Halloween in Australia in the same way it's marked in other countries. But, with All Hallows Eve just around the corner I thought a Halloween inspired bookshelf was in order. I should point out that I have enough of an over-active, paranoid imagination as it is so you're not going to find any Stephen King's It level of horror or creepiness here. These books are creepy but not enough to give me actual nightmares or cause you to sleep with the lights on even after you've checked the wardrobe and under the bed for monsters. Happy Halloween!!

The Gates by John Connelly. When Samuel Johnson sets of trick-or-treating three days early he witnesses some bizarre behaviour in his neighbourhood. As it turns out, Samuels neighbours have accidentally summoned the devil, causing a gap in the universe and revealing the gates of hell. Cute and funny and bursting with imagination,  

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. If you haven't yet read Gone Girl, please crawl out from under that rock and go and find a copy. Literally one of the best books I've read all year Gone Girl is a brilliant, tightly woven story that will surprise you until the very end.

In The Woods by Tana French. As a child Rob Ryan survived a traumatic attack, which left two of his friends dead. When police responded to the scene in the woods, Rob was found alive, but with no recollection of what happened. Twenty years later he has buried his past and now works as a police detective. When a 12-year old girl is found murdered in the same woods, the case is chillingly similar to the unsolved case of his childhood. 

You by Caroline Kepnes. When Joe meets Guinevere Beck he knows he's found the perfect girl for him, and Beck cant believe her luck in finding a guy who's just so perfectly made for her. But Joe has a dark secret and his obsession could have deadly consequences.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Girls by Ransom Riggs. When Jacob discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children he sets out exploring the empty rooms and hallways. But the children may have been more than just peculiar and they may still be alive.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Shutter Island is the perfect location for a hospital for the criminally insane. Isolated, rough and inhospitable US Marshal's Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck are investigating the disappearance of a dangerous patient, but their investigation reveals nothing on Shutter Island is quite what it seems.

The Son by Jo Nesbo. A complex and twisty tale, Sonny Lofthus has been serving time for crimes he didn't commit. His payoff comes in the form of copious amounts of free drugs, drugs he has turned to since his corrupt-cop father committed suicide. When Sonny discovers some long hidden truths about his father he takes it on himself to seek revenge.

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